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Ghana’s current COVID-19 situation dire, alarming – GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says the COVID-19 situation in the country is dire and alarming with a potential of an exponential rise in number of infections.

The Association said most of the designated facilities for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 cases in the country are currently overstretched.

The Association in a statement said the spike in cases was observed before, during and after the Christmas and New Year festivities.

“This development calls for concern by all well-meaning Ghanaians and organizations,” it said.

According to the GMA, the situation, among others can largely be attributed to the disregard for and lack of enforcement of COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases which were less than 800 before the Christmas festivities, has shot up to 1,420 as at 11th January 2021.

This has become a subject of major concern for many citizens who believe there is a silent second wave of the outbreak which is not receiving as much national attention as it was in 2020.

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The Ghana Medical Association with its members also at the forefront of the fight against the virus in proposing solutions to the problem said COVID-19 testing must be scaled up in the country and contact tracing strictly embarked upon.

“Additional, COVID-19 testing should be made free or relatively cheaper for the ordinary Ghanaian who needs testing as a result of direct exposure or when symptomatic for COVID-19. Furthermore, there should be government-led free mass testing in all identified COVID-19 hotspots,” the GMA added in its statement.

The Association also called for health workers to be provided with adequate PPEs to help them discharge their duties safely and effectively.

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With the development coming at a time when the government has announced the reopening of all schools, the GMA says schools must ensure that there is strict adherence to all COVID-19 prevention protocols at all times.

Meanwhile, the GMA is urging the government to fast track processes to procure COVID-19 vaccines for the country and urged the public to discount conspiracy theories against the use of vaccines.

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Read the GMA statement below:

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— citinewsroom